A 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft of the Tara Air with 22 people onboard has lost contact with airport authorities, said officials on Sunday. The plane, which took off at 9.55 am and went off the radar shortly thereafter, was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal.
Out of the 22 people, four passengers were Indian nationals while three were from Japan. Rest of the 15 people, including the crew members, were Nepali citizens, according to the state media.
According to its official website, Tara Air provides services to many remote destinations across Nepal.
The airline operates a fleet of seven STOL aircrafts, comprising of five Twin Otter (DHC 6/300) and two Dornier (DO 228) aircrafts.
Police official Ramesh Thapa said there was no information on the Twin Otter aircraft and a search was underway, news agency AP reported.
It has been raining in the area for the past few days but flights have been operating normally. There are unconfirmed reports about loud noise in the Ghasa area of Jomsom.
A helicopter has been dispatched in the areas where the last contact was made, according to the air traffic controller of Jomsom Airport.